This unit provides an opportunity for students who are familiar with the basic institutions and processes of public international law to deepen their understanding by studying in greater detail than is possible in the introductory unit several areas of conceptual importance and contemporary relevance. It follows that a prerequisite is the unit, LAWS1023 Public International Law or LAWS5005 Public International Law, or an equivalent unit undertaken at another institution. The topics covered by this unit are: (1) the international law of the sea; (2) international environmental law; (3) international refugee law and related human rights laws; and (4) the law of international organisations and systems of monitoring and compliance in international law. The different aspects of the course are tied together using disasters, climate change and forced migration as unifying themes. One half of the course addresses issues that involve the interaction of nation states under international law, while the second half deals with international law regulating the interaction of states with natural persons. The chosen topics are specialised, substantive areas of law which are of particular importance to global governance of resources, particularly for a large, ecologically diverse and maritime State such as Australia, and are extremely topical on the national and international agendas.
2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks
3,000wd essay (30%) and 2hr exam (70%)
LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS2005Prohibitions
LAWS3009 or LAWS5108